EU climate chief defends oil CEO’s appointment as COP28 boss

(EurActiv, 16 Jan 2023) Even though Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber is the CEO of the UAE’s national oil company, he is “extremely well placed to lead us into a successful COP” because of his involvement in renewable energies, EU climate chief Frans Timmermans told EURACTIV.

In an exclusive interview, Timmermans said he has had many meetings with Al Jaber and that “the incoming president is ideally placed to play a leading role in this huge, huge transition”.

“I think people might be focusing too much on his role as CEO of an oil company,” he told EURACTIV at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) assembly in Abu Dhabi.

“They should look into what he’s been doing over the last years. He’s been leading the charge to also take the oil and gas industry into a sustainable world,” he explained.

The UAE will host COP28 at the end of the year and has chosen Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber to head the conference. Al Jaber is the country’s minister for industry and advanced technology, as well as chairman of renewable energy company Masdar, and CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.

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